Renault is expected to bring a new 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine which is also seen in the Mercedes A-Class. As far as the design is concerned then no changes will be done.
It was just recently that Renault brought the facelifted version of Duster with some set of new features on the outside and inside. However, what didn’t change was the mechanicals as it comes with the same 1.5L BS4 compliant petrol and diesel engines. A recent spy shot tells a different story as Renault Duster has been caught testing with a BS6 petrol engine.
Yes, it is expected that Renault will bring in the BS6 version of the petrol engine in Duster before April 2020. It is not sure if the French manufacturer will continue with the 1.5L unit or bring in the new 1.0L engine. The latter comes in the European markets and produces 100 hp and a peak torque of 160 Nm.
Currently, the 1.5L petrol engine makes 105 bhp with 140 Nm of torque. The new engine will be slightly less powered but is expected to carry a dual-clutch automatic transmission like that in European models. It is also expected that the new petrol engine will carry a mild-hybrid technology which further boosts in the performance and efficiency.
Adding some more light to the news, Renault has also made clear that they will discontinue the diesel engines from their lineup. That means Duster, Capture and Renault Lodgy oil burners will be axed out. The latter which is only available in the sole diesel engine will be phased out completely.
The diesel engine of the Duster is currently on sale and comes with two states of tune. An 85 bhp motor making 200 Nm of peak torque and the other tunes to 110 bhp and 245 Nm of peak torque. Transmission options include a 5-speed manual gearbox, 6-speed MT and an AMT.
In other news, the updated Duster carries projector headlamps, high bonnet, new grille design and LED DRLs on the outside. There’s a black strip too at the rear which improves the aesthetics of the SUV.
The inside of the cabin gets gloss black finish at the centre console and it also gets rectangular AC vents as opposed to the circular ones. Also, the 7.0-inch touchscreen unit now supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.